Festival Programme

Films by Strand



We proudly present a slate of powerful local films that illuminate and challenge our national character. New documentaries shine a spotlight on personalities, cultural practices, artistic endeavours and influential industries that have shaped the unique face of Aotearoa. From deeply personal narratives of toil and triumph to provocative examinations of the forces that mold our society, these films illuminate the connections between past and present with power, ingenuity and humour.

Our fresh crop of homegrown feature films showcase the diversity and strength of local creatives, fearlessly delving into themes prescient to contemporary Aoteroa, such as alienation, belonging, sex and social media.

And we continue to celebrate the short film format with two curated programmes collecting the best new shorts from both Aotearoa and the Pacific community in New Zealand’s Best 2021 and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts. Plus we selected seven additional short films from New Zealand filmmakers which will screen ahead of feature films throughout the festival and have been matched with films that have thematic or tonal commonalities.

See also The Power of the Dog, Ayukawa: The Weight of a Life, Night Raiders, Mothers of the Revolution and Snakeskin

Fiona Clark: Unafraid

Lula Cucchiara

Photographer Fiona Clark shocked 1970s New Zealand with her documentary images of Auckland’s burgeoning queer scene. The pictures they tried to ban were just the beginning for one of Aotearoa's photography greats.


Amy Taylor

The biggest player in the New Zealand economy is put on notice in this spirited documentary that sees a young activist from rural Northland go up against the powerful dairy industry.


Merata Mita

Patu! is the definitive film of the 1981 Springbok tour protests, a technically complex piece of guerrilla filmmaking that explicitly connects apartheid abroad and racism at home. Newly preserved by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

Signed, Theo Schoon

Luit Bieringa

Tracing the story of one of our more complex characters, this layered portrait re-examines the exploits of influential outsider, Dutch immigrant artist Theo Schoon, told in his own words and through first-hand accounts.

There Is No I in Threesome

Jan Oliver Lucks

In love, newly engaged and maintaining a long-distance relationship, director Jan Oliver Lucks and his fiancée decide to throw traditional rules out the window by opening up their relationship before they tie the knot.